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9,400 Philadelphia Workers Settle New Contract and More Bargaining News


9,400 Philadelphia Workers Settle New Contract and More Bargaining News

by May Silverstein, Jul 28, 2008

Thousands of Philadelphia workers and Southwest Airlines attendants settle contracts, and more news from the “Bargaining Digest Weekly.” The AFL-CIO Collective Bargaining Department delivers daily, bargaining-related news and research resources to more than 900 subscribers. Union leaders can register for this service through our website, Bargaining@Work.

AFSCME, Philadelphia: Some 9,400 blue-collar workers and members of Philadelphia’s largest union, AFSCME District Council 33, agreed to a one-year contract that includes no raises but holds the line on health care costs.

AFA-CWA, Atlantic Southeast Airlines: More than 1,000 flight attendants at Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, represented by the Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), reached a new three-year contract with the carrier. Details have not been released.

USW, Latrobe Specialty Steel: In Pennsylvania, steelworkers at Latrobe Specialty Steel, represented by the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1537, voted to end their 81-day work stoppage by approving a five-year labor agreement. The contract gives each steelworker a $6,000 lump sum payment this year and a $5,000 lump sum payment in 2009, plus a 50-cent-an-hour raise in the third year.

USW, MeadWestvaco: Members of USW Local 8-490 at MeadWestvaco in Low Moor, Va., ratified a four-year agreement that includes a $2,000 lump sum payment, a 2 percent immediate wage increase and additional 2.25 percent wage increases effective Aug. 31, 2009, and Aug. 30, 2010.

CWA, Kaleida Health: In Buffalo, N.Y., about 3,900 workers and members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) at Kaleida’s Flint Road Labs and Kaleida Health facilities, including Buffalo General, DeGraff Memorial, Millard Fillmore Gates Circle and Millard Fillmore Suburban hospitals, ratified a three-year deal containing a 12.5 percent wage increase.

AFM, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra: In Louisiana, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra musicians, represented by American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) Local 116, are working under the terms of an imposed contract. The new contract switches full-time musicians to a per-service pay structure, resulting in a 75 percent salary cut and the elimination of 24 full-time core positions as of Sept. 1.


USW, Calgon Carbon: A four-month lockout that began March 1 could end after members of USW Local 5032 at Calgon Carbon, outside of Pittsburgh, accepted a tentative three-year agreement. Health care benefits and pensions were two of the sticking points in the new contract, whose details have not been released.

IAM, Moncure Plywood: In North Carolina, some 200 workers at Moncure Plywood plant in Chatham County, represented by the Machinists (IAM), went on strike, after rejecting the company’s contract offer. The contract expired April 30, and parties have previously negotiated with the assistance of a federal mediator. According to union officials, key issues concern seniority rights, the company’s right to hire temporary workers, overtime, worker drug testing, health insurance premiums and the creation of a joint committee comprised of management and union workers to improve safety at the plant.


UAW, Foxwoods: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint against the Mashantucket Pequot tribe for refusing to bargain with the UAW, which represents nearly 3,000 dealers at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. The UAW won a representation election last November.


ILWU, Pacific Maritime Association: Some 10,000 port workers across California, Oregon and Washington State, represented by 30 locals of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), are continuing to push hard for a new contract, after the previous one expired on July 1. According to ILWU President Robert McEllrath: “We’re making progress and moving in the right direction, but it’s going to take awhile longer.” The Longshoremen (ILA) union, which represents East Coast longshore workers, unanimously passed a resolution to offer full support to members of the ILWU in its negotiations.

ATU, Port Authority: A fact-finder is scheduled to visit Pittsburgh next week to start meetings with Local 85 of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and the Port Authority, as part of ongoing efforts to reach a new contract. Some 2,300 bus-trolley operators, mechanics and other hourly workers remain on the job under terms of their contract that expired June 30.

AFSCME, Philadelphia: AFSCME District Council 47, made up of Philadelphia’s white-collar city workers, publicly stated the district would be amenable to signing a one-year contract, as did the members of the independent Fraternal Order of Police (FOP-Ind.)—if the city agrees to the same raises and other terms the police received. The police officers’ contract awards the officers a 4 percent pay raise that will be instituted in two phases, plus a 1 percent longevity increase.

Disclaimer: This information is being provided for your information only. As it is compiled from published news reports, not from individual unions, we cannot vouch for either its completeness or accuracy; readers who desire further information should directly contact the union involved.

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